Price of the Freerunner spare parts

steve steve at
Thu Mar 27 17:50:36 CET 2008

Hi Kevin,

Libertarian as well here. The first charger I want to test is my iGo as

A while back I discussed the fast charging issue with Engineering. I'll
revisit that issue and get back to you guys. My understanding ( rememeber
I'm marketing and have been appropriately lobotomized) is that our device
checks the ID of the charger and then determines whether or not we can fast
charge. ( greater than 750ma I think... ) 


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Subject: Re: Price of the Freerunner spare parts

National warranties aside (I'm a libertarian...) I see certifying
aftermarket accessories as a crucial step for Openmoko, or at the v
ery least picking ONE that "works well" with a Neo/Freerunner device.

I recently purchased an iGo charger in the USA that "claimed "it could
charger a 100, 500 or 1000 mA device and it can't. :P I'm out $40,
which isn't "crucial" to me, but it's a sum that is large enough to
regret paying when a $10 charger would be equally effective.

I don't want to veer too far off topic but "third-party" accessories
and battery life are directly tied IMO. As long as the battery life
suck on the Neo/Freerunner people will need chargers for the device,
and as long as a working fast-charge charger doesn't exist, it will be
construed as bad planning.

-Kevin Dean

On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM, ian douglas
<ian.douglas at> wrote:
> Wolfgang Spraul wrote:
>  > There are lots of clones of these Nokia batteries, we bought a few and
>  > can give you the names. But basically anything BL-4C, BL-5C, BL-6C
>  > compatible should work.
>  Just my $0.02 here, but:
>  *Should* work, or *definitely* work? I'd rather not buy a 'maybe'
>  battery and would rather buy a branded battery direct from OM...
>  But if enough people test these BL-?C batteries and prove they work just
>  fine and nobody has any incidents related to a Nokia battery, then okay,
>  I'll look for a local vendor selling them if I need a spare battery.
>  I ran into the same issue with my iRiver digital music player, I needed
>  a replacement, but iRiver didn't make this model any more so
>  after-market batteries were all that were left. In the end, an iPod
>  replacement battery did the job, but the polarity on the jumper header
>  needed to be switched before plugging it in and reassembling the case. I
>  only ordered the battery once I'd read about 20 personal accounts that,
>  yeah, this particular battery worked just fine, no incidents.
>  Just the 'realist' in me coming out to play. :o)
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